Kent Blossom Art
Kent Blossom Art is a series of two-week intensive art workshops conducted each summer at KSU by resident School of Art faculty and an exciting array of visiting artists. Each workshop is specific to one medium, and this year we're offering workshops in painting, sculpture, and textiles.
Kent Blossom Art (KBA) provides undergraduate and graduate students with two weeks of focused learning, experimentation and creation under the guidance of experienced artists from around the country. Students may continue their explorations of the medium most familiar to them; experienced artists are equally encouraged to discover new modes of creating.
We are proud to invite an outstanding roster of visiting artists to complement the instructional insights of our resident faculty. Visiting artists also present public talks on their work, giving KBA participants and the greater public an opportunity to learn more about contemporary issues and ideas in the visual arts.
Kent Blossom Art workshops are typically scheduled from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday for two full weeks. The dates of each workshop are listed below.
We are pleased to welcome you to the 2015 Kent Blossom Art program!
Summer 2015 Kent Blossom Art Workshop and Lecture Dates
Painting (Martin Ball): May 11- May 24The workshop this year will focus on intensive study of abstraction techniques and material processes. Brooklyn-based Ati Maier "layers abstract and representational elements in a complex whole." Jackie Saccoccio, a painter of large-scale works has referred to her process as "psychological Cubism."
Ati Maier lecture: Friday May 15, 6 PM.*
Jackie Saccoccio lecture: Thursday May 21, 6 PM.*
Sculpture (Paul O'Keeffe): May 11- May 24
Workshop will offer special focus on metal casting in collaboration with guest faculty Tom Cobett (College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology, Kent State University). This workshop is intended for students in the Fine Art, Craft, Architecture and Design disciplines who wish to cast objects into bronze, aluminum and iron utilizing chemically bonded sand casting, lost foam casting and investment casting techniques. No prior metal casting experience is needed to take this course.
Textiles (Janice Lessman-Moss): June 8 - June 21
The workshop will allow students an opportunity for in-depth exploration of surface design and woven construction, pattern, and texture. Canadian-born Jennifer Angus designs large-scale installations based on textile and wallpaper patterns using insects other biological materials. Michael Radyk states, "the making of woven cloth is at the core of my artistic practice." His works exemplify the subtleties of woven cloth in all its aspects- "structure, meaning, production, visual impact, craft and history."Jennifer Angus lecture: Tuesday June 9, 6 PM.*
Michael Radyk lecture: Thursday June 16, 6 PM.*
* All lectures will be presented in the School of Art auditorium, room 202.